So, just the remote control to do now. A few weeks ago, I bought an FLIRC USB dongle and a One For All remote control, which can work as a Microsoft Media Center (sic) remote if you use the code 1272 on it. Configuring the FLIRC device was pretty much as simple as plugging the dongle into a USB port and running the supplied software on it (I used the Windows version, but there is also a Linux version too). Continue reading
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Project PVR (part 2)
In my last article, I talked about my PVR hardware build. This is now complete, so this blog post is going to talk about the software build. The PVR software is entirely built on Debian so is entirely open-source apart from the binary firmware blob I needed to make my Hauppauge TV card work. Continue reading
Very sad today to see an announcement that Gibson Brands is shutting Cakewalk down with immediate effect. I’ve been using Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 and SONAR 1 all the way through to SONAR Platinum since something like 2001. A real shame. At the time of writing, there appears to be no indication of whether the Cakewalk products are going or likely to be sold.
Update: As of now, no news on what’s going to happen to the Cakewalk products, but I’m not convinced it’s a good idea to wait to see, so I’ve decided to crossgrade to Cubase 9.5 Pro – just waiting for the sales team at Cakewalk to verify my eligibility, and then I can order it. They have a special offer on at the moment at £248 inc VAT which isn’t an outrageous price. And you’d hope that with Steinberg being owned by Yamaha that they aren’t going to just suddenly drop what is probably the oldest DAW in the world at the drop of a hat.
Hopefully soon all the parts should arrive for the latest of my little projects, building my own DVB-T (Freeview) & DVB-T2 (Freeview HD) Personal Video Recorder (PVR). So far I have in my hand the Noctua CPU cooler, which on its own won’t record TV programmes very well, and the rest is (at the time of writing) due to be delivered early next week. Continue reading
3D Zebra Crossings
I really like this optical illusion. Have a look at this YouTube video to see what I mean:
Who invented Brexit?
Today I went to visit the Museum of London, which is just round the corner from the Barbican. What I was actually there for was to see a bit of the BT Connected Earth collection, of which there was a small part there including a K2 phone box, a few old mobile phones and a line card from the UK’s first ever digital exchange to enter service, called the Empress (because it was installed at the Empress trunk exchange in London, having been developed by the GPO Dollis Hill research centre in the 1960s).
Review: A5 Dunstable Northern Bypass
Never one to shy away from an exciting review, in this article I’ll be describing the thrills and spills of doing the speed limit down one of Bedfordshire’s newest trunk roads, the highway formerly known as the A5-M1 Link Road. but is now just called the A5 after the old road south of the start point was handed to Central Bedfordshire UA and Hertfordshire County Council and renamed to A505/A5183. Apart from being a road, it has one purpose, and that’s avoiding Dunstable (and who would want to argue with that?) The road opened in the summer, but this is the first excuse I’ve had to drive it, which promised to take me all the way to M1.
Things you can now legally do in 2017
Yesterday was an historic day in this country and the rest of the European Union, as one of the most popular songs in the world finally became public domain.
For those of you that read my last article, you’ll know that I had to turn the power management off on the PCI slots to make my sound card work properly. Well tonight I’ve been comparing the new WASAPI drivers vs the ASIO drivers on my RME HDSP9632 sound card using SONAR Platinum, and the effective latency results were quite surprising:
Why I hate computers, part 335,123,232
When it comes to computers in my house, it never rains but it pours. Microsoft released their monthly Patch Tuesday updates on 8 November 2016, which I duly installed and rebooted, and turned the computer off. When I turned it on the following day, the computer failed to boot. It didn’t even get as far as the blue Windows logo that appears when you try to boot Windows 10. “Very odd”, I thought, “I wonder what caused that?” and went to do some digging.